Florida education news: Student uniforms, 'real science,' drug-laced candy and more
SICK: Four Pinellas high school students fall ill after eating drug-laced candy someone passed out at school.
TEACHER DISCIPLINE: A first-year Hillsborough middle school teacher is removed from her classroom after parents complain she collected personal information from students.
TESTING: The Florida Education Association warns teachers about the possible penalties of encouraging students to opt out of state testing, then provides links to the movement, the Sunshine State News reports.
GROWTH: Rising population in central Florida puts a strain on schools, WFTV reports.
SUPERINTENDENTS: Lake County's superintendent urges her School Board to begin searching for her replacement, the Daily Commercial reports.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Indian River and Martin schools will hold their first day of classes next fall two weeks earlier than last year, TC Palm reports.
DRESS CODE: Seven Collier elementary schools reject student uniforms and the state cash that would have come with them, the Naples Daily News reports.
'REAL SCIENCE': Some Miami-Dade students research how to grow vegetables in space, the Miami Herald reports.
EARLY EDUCATION: Florida's prekindergarten program rates high in access, low in quality nationally, the Palm Beach Post reports.
SCHOOL CHOICE: Central Florida school districts agree to collaborate on enrollment and choice rules in light of changing laws, the Orlando Sentinel reports. • Applications for magnet programs increase in Orange County, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
PAY RATES: Polk County teachers don't get paid minimum wage for coaching activities, the Ledger reports.
TECHNOLOGY: A new study shows Florida students have equitable access to computers, but the uses are not the same between poor and more affluent students, Education Week reports.